The 128 Boeing 777s around the world equipped with the Pratt & Whitney engine model involved in a spectacular reactor incident on an aircraft over Colorado have been immobilized on the ground, a spokesperson for the aircraft manufacturer told AFP on Monday. .
The American manufacturer had “recommended” the suspension of flights on Sunday evening. Since then, the companies that operate these aircraft – the American United Airlines, the Japanese ANA and JAL as well as the Korean Asiana Airlines – have grounded the aircraft in question.
The United States National Transportation and Safety Board is also investigating the incident, in which no one was injured.
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A United Airlines Boeing 777-220, which had taken off Saturday from Denver (Colorado) for Honolulu (Hawaii) with 231 passengers and 10 crew members, had to turn around urgently after the fire in his right reactor. The aircraft was able to land safely at Denver Airport and none of its occupants were injured.
As the Boeing returned to the airport, a shower of debris, some large, fell in a residential area in Broomfield, a suburb of Denver. No one was injured on the ground, according to local authorities.
The American aircraft manufacturer has had a serious problem in recent years with another of its models, the 737 MAX. The plane was banned from flying in March 2019 after two accidents that killed 346, that of Lion Air in Indonesia in October 2018 (189 dead) and that of Ethiopian Airlines in March 2019 in Ethiopia (157 dead).
After more than 20 months of prohibition, a modification of the flight control software and the implementation of new pilot training protocols, the aircraft was allowed to fly again.
The resumption of commercial flights of the Boeing 737 MAX took place from December 2020, first in Brazil, then in the United States and Canada. The first commercial flight in Europe, under the colors of the Belgian company TUI fly, took place on Wednesday February 17 between Brussels and Alicante then Malaga, in Spain.
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